March 15, 2009

Strawberries + Chilled Milk = Strawberry Milkshake!


I have found this to be the easiest way to have one's quota of some fruit and milk. My daughter has a few favourites when it comes to fruit. You could count her favourites on the fingers of one hand and still have a couple of fingers to spare! While milk is not exactly on her list of favourites either, she is more willing to drink milk than eat fruit.






So early on, I figured out one way to make her have both, happily, was to blend both into a milk shake.
This is also the perfect thing for summer and warm weather, which is almost all the year round for us. Sometimes, I make the milkshake in the morning and keep it in the fridge so it's ready whenever needed during the day. Milkshakes are also excellent to take care of mid-morning or evening hunger pangs as they're filling, nutritious yet light. Ice-creams/ gelatos are another favourite fruit and milk combination, but take more time and effort to make.

I also have to admit that milk is not one of my preferred beverages either, though we all love plain yogurt and its more glamorous avatars (read lassi, frozen or fruit yogurt and spiced buttermilk). And now that my doctor tells me that the best way to ensure meeting my requirement of calcium is having 2 servings each of milk and yogurt a day, milkshakes have become more frequent in our home.





Making a milkshake (strawberry, this time) requires about 5 minutes of time, the basic 3 ingredients (+ any flavouring you may like) and a blender. There's nothing new or unusual about this recipe, just something that is a regular in my kitchen.


Strawberry Milkshake
 
 
 
Ingredients:


2 cups hulled strawberries

3 glasses of chilled milk (I use skimmed milk)

sugar to taste

1 tsp vanilla extract



Method:

Put all the above ingredients together and blend till smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

You can make any milkshake using a fruit of your choice and changing the flavouring to suit the fruit. You can also use a combination of fruit to make a milk shake. Another variation on this shake is cold coffee. Just add about 1/4 a cup coffee decoction instead of the strawberries.


Since this milkshake is pink (a very light pink, I know), this goes to Harini's FIC being hosted by Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.

 

23 comments:

Sunshinemom said...

I have this almost every day from the time I bought Mapro's crush with strawberry chunks from Mahabaleshwar. Sometimes I also make it with the fresh strawberries I get from Godrej Nature's Basket. Tasty!

Happy cook said...

Last time i had a glass of pure milk was when i was eight, i neve rliked milk, only time i have milk is in ice cream or shakes.

A_and_N said...

I love milkshakes more than the smoothies. But strawberry is dicey for me. With some other fruit, I guess! I still have to do something about Harini's event!

sra said...

Even I tried photographing something in a glass today, I've yet to see how they look on the big screen, colour et al. I wonder where all the colour from the strawberry goes.

Prathibha said...

Thanks for dropping by aparna.Even i have a similar post in my blog.I had this almost every alternate day during this strawberry season.I really love it.

Madhumathi said...

Strawberry milkshake is my first fav milkshake..Both the look and taste of this shake makes it impossible to resist :)

Cham said...

Love strawberry in any form, it is simply gorgeous :)

Ivy said...

Simple and delicious.

Priya said...

Thats a superb flavourful Milkshake Aparna...Thanks for sending FIC..

Uma said...

looks yummy. Nice refreshing drink.

Vaishali said...

This is beautiful, Aparna. Strawberry milkshakes are my favorite too, although I make mine with soymilk. Just delicious.

Madhuram said...

Maybe I'm from a different planet, I love to drink plain milk straight from the fridge. It's especially good when I have some heartburn. That being said I love the milkshakes and icecreams too, more than I should really consume! These days I make strawberry milkshake using the syrup method. My son eats strawberries, but if I simply blend it with milk he keeps spitting out the seeds.

Vibaas said...

Lovely pic. i love milkshakes too.
My kids are the other way..they prefer fruits to milkshake..so unlike me! :)

Ashwini said...

Love milkshakes..Make them for breakfasts..simply superb..

Raaga said...

We have this every morning. I eat breakfast after reaching office... so this keeps me going till I get to work.

CHikoo, banana, apple, strawberry... and in season... MANGO... yummy :)

Divya Kudua said...

Hmm..strawberry milkshake..slurrp..I guess its everyone's favorite;-)

Passionate About Baking said...

Oh yes Aparna...& your is = very delicious too!!

Alka said...

Would love to have some from ur place,coz we generally don't get good strawberries here.Though Mango shake is the only one milk+fruit combination i like to have,but the lovely pink colour surely tempts me try this out

Soma said...

I don't like milk, but a big glass of cold strawberry shake is something i can have anytime!

Curry Leaf said...

Love it Aparna,I too prefer millkshakes most of the times,thgh milk itself does not go well with me.Shakes are preferable.Love this.

Simran said...

I prefer strawberry yogurt to milkshakes. But either way, I've been gorging myself silly to have a fill of strawberries before they go away

Jude said...

Sounds so light and refreshing.. I'll be a sissy and use splenda instead of sugar :) Can't wait for strawberry season.

Aparna said...

Thanks for all yout thoughts.

Mahabaleshwar, that's a place I want to go to, Harini.

Me neither, HC. Though I'm ok with chilled unsweetened milk. Have to have my quota of calcium.:)

I didn't used to either, N but I seem have started liking strawberries this year!

I have a long way to go with my pics, Sra. I wondered about the colour too. Probably some setting adjustment is required on the camera.

Madhuram,
I've developed a liking for chilled, unsweetened milk now. Yes, good for heartburn as I discovered during pregnancy!

True, Raaga.

You don't get good strawberries in Mumbai, Alka? That's surprising. You're welcome here, anytime.

Yeah, Simran. Been going "strawberry silly" myself!